Armed Robberies: Police "On Top Of The Situation"
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) says it is well-equipped to deal with rising armed robbery cases across the country.
In an interview with State media, ZRP national spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi, said the force received all-terrain vehicles and fuel for the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Homicide Section. He said:
We are not facing any challenges in fighting armed robberies. In fact, we are on top of the situation.
As you are aware, we were given brand new all-terrain vehicles for the CID Homicide Section and also a substantial amount of fuel for operations.
We are well equipped to fight armed robberies. The police are ready to stamp out armed robberies.
Asst Comm Nyathi implored members of the public and business people to follow safety measures that are being given by the police. He said:
We have conclusively established that some people are followed from work by the armed robbers because they will be having inside information.
We have also established that guards from security companies are conniving with criminals or stage-managing armed robbery cases.
These are the issues which we feel the community, particularly the business sector, should co-operate with the police to curb the armed robbery cases which we are currently recording.
People should not keep large sums of money in their houses because they become targets.
Recently, two rogue soldiers shot dead a man in Hatcliff, Harare and seriously injured his relative during a US$40 000 robbery incident.